Robert Plant is one of those musicians that I just have to see any time I have the opportunity, so when he announced a show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium—a small, intimate venue—I made sure I got tickets right away.
The Band of Joy included some amazing musicians backing Plant:
- Marco Giovino – drums, percussion, vocals
- Patty Griffin – vocals, guitar
- Byron House – bass
- Buddy Miller – guitar, vocals
- Darrell Scott – vocals, mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedals, lap steel guitar, banjo
Anyway, I went with my wife to this show, and we had pretty good seats: orchestra center. The North Mississippi Allstars opened the show, and they were good. These days, it’s always a bonus when you have a solid opening act.
Finally, Plant came out, and not surprising, he sounded great. He just has a presence about him (pun intended). He played a great mix of Zep tunes, solo stuff, and some covers. The band was tight and it was just an all-around great show.
There was a strange incident, though. As the band was finishing up, and they were all standing together in a row on stage, ready to take the collective bow, some jackass jumped up on stage to get his picture taken with Plant and the band. Plant gracefully played it down and asked if they got the picture, but I thought it was kind of uncool. I will say that since then (now seven years), Plant has not come back to Asheville. I can only hope that it is coincidence and that he is not pissed at the city. I do hope he comes back. I would definitely go see him again.
Here is the full setlist from the show.
- Down to the Sea
- House of Cards
- Angel Dance
- Please Read the Letter
- Twelve Gates to the City / Wade in the Water / In My Time of Dying
- Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go
- A Satisfied Mind
- Move Up
- Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down
- Central Two-O-Nine
- Houses of the Holy
- Tall Cool One
- You Can’t Buy My Love
- Ramble On
- Gallows Pole
- Harm’s Swift Way
- Rock and Roll
- And We Bid You Goodnight